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Removing a monument sign

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Turf Z, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Turf Z

    Turf Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Looking for advice on how to go about removing a monument-type sign. What kind of base do these usually have on them? How would I go about something like this?

    Sign example (very similar)
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Knock it over with a skid or mini x.
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  3. Turf Z

    Turf Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    That was my initial thought.. but do they usually just dig these in or pour a concrete base below ground level (I'd dig & check but the ground is currently frozen)? Should it crack quite easily for transport?
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Thats concrete block? Probably has a concrete footing. I would dig out one side with an ex then tip it into the hole and break it up and load it out. Fill the hole and youre swept up by lunch time
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,150

    Removing and destroying are not the same. Don't jump to conclusions RJ.

    I would wonder if the block were core filled or not. If need be, the whole thing could be moved.
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  6. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    You could knock it over with the ex and then either knock it apart with the bucket or a big sledge and a strong back. depending on if you are doing something else on that spot you may be able to just leave the footing and bury it.
  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    Holy cow you guys are crazy dramatic.

    There is no need for an excavator. No need at all. Christ, my Hispanics will have that thing busted to pieces before you even unchain the excavator from the trailer.

    Just get a sledge hammer and it will bust up. That is, presuming it's of masonry material of some sort (since you say the pic isn't the actual sign). And if it's concrete it should bust up easily, too. It may have some wire and rebar inside, in which case you would need a cut off saw to cut the metal.

    You can leave the footer if it has one. Just bust the sign down below grade by about 12-inches. Backfill with some soil. Haul subsequent debris/rubble away. Collect the money.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2014
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Why smash on it with a sledge throwing chips of concrete all over for an hour and leave part of it buried?

    I would do it with the ex so i could load the pieces too. One man show, leave your hispanics home and do it on a rainy day for quick profit. Plus someone might call you a hack when they hit that footing in a few months running some irrigation etc

    If you just have a skid throw the forks together and loosen up one side and tip it, crack it in half and load it out.

    Choose your weapon wisely
  9. Krafty

    Krafty LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from St. Louis MO
    Messages: 706

    I dare your Hispanic guys to try and knock over my monument sign with a sledge hammer. Ours has a 4'x4'x8' long poured concrete footer.....
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    RJ (and others),

    You're not thinking.

    OK, if someone has an excavator, or a skid steer, then chances of them asking us pros (well, I'm a pro, not sure about you guys!) for advice on how to do this would be very slim. They would just take their machine and do it and the topic would not even come up on this forum. Behavioral science.

    This is why I'm so great. See, I am able to read into these things. (yes clipfert, I'm GREAT!)

    Yeah, he could borrow a machine from his buddy. He could rent one. But by the time he does all that - a guy with a sledge hammer could have it done.

    Not only am I able to think more smartly, but I have demolished things in almost as many states as Paver Pete has installed pavers.

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